John Tiffany is in talks with J. K. Rowling to helm a Harry Potter play.

The stage director - who has worked on 'Black Watch' and 'Once' - is in the ''early stages'' of negotiations with the famed author, who penned the series of novels about the famous wizard boy, as they plan to take the story, which follows Harry in his younger years, to the theatre.

The production will follow Harry as an orphan and outcast and also explore his parents, Lily and James, who were killed by the dark Lord Voldemort when he was just 15 months old, reports the Daily Mail newspaper.

Meanwhile, playwright Jack Thorne, 35, is also being ''actively'' pursued and while ''Rowling has met both men'', ''discussions have not been concluded.''

Rowling, 48, won't be writing the show, but she will be collaborating.

She will also co-produce, alongside Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.

Warner Bros, the studio behind the movies, which starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as his pals Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively, will also be involved.

A top executive at Warner's said: ''We will see what we have when it's written, and proceed from there. Remember, it's a play, not a musical, so we may not require a great big theatre.''